Dr Sharon Henry
Dr. Sharon Henry was born and raised in Maryland and graduated high school from Stephen Decatur in Berlin. She left the shore to attend Duke University and graduated with a BA in chemistry. She returned to Maryland to attend medical school at The University of Maryland School of Medicine. Her anatomy table mates predicted her future in surgery. She completed her surgical residency at State University of New York Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn and followed that with a Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Minnesota. She returned to New York to begin her career at Kings County Hospital where she began her career in trauma care and critical care. She became the director of surgical critical care units at both Kings County and Downstate Hospital Centers. She returned to Maryland in 1997 to join the faculty at the University of Maryland and a trauma attending at the R A Cowley Shock Trauma Center.
Dr. Henry founded the Division of Wound Healing and Metabolism and the Soft Tissue Infection Service, caring for a large number of patients with complicated soft tissue infections. Dr. Henry and her team are innovators using multimodality therapies to treat difficult wounds. She has been recognized as an international expert on soft tissue infections. The United States military refers patients to her, including injured soldiers from the war. Believing medical care has no boundaries, she was one of the first physicians airlifted to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.
Dr. Henry has an appreciation for education that originates from her parents. Beside teaching medical students, residents and fellows locally, Dr. Henry has concentrated her educational efforts serving the American College of Surgeons (ACS). In 2004, she became State Chair of the Maryland ACS Committee on Trauma (COT). She revamped the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) Course in Maryland, now considered one of the nation’s models. She embraced the new ACS courses, including Advanced Trauma Operative Management (ATOM), and Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma Course. Dr. Henry was recognized for her efforts by the ACS, receiving the James Styner Meritorious Service Award in 2009 for her work with ATLS. In addition, she currently serves on the Surgical Skills committee and is the chairperson of the ATLS subcommittee. She is leading the 10th edition revision of ATLS course.
Dr. Henry has received three Governor’s Proclamations, two Shock Trauma Hero Awards and the Shock Trauma Superstar Award. Dr. Henry served as a Senior Visiting Surgeon at the Landsthul Regional Medical Center, providing care to our wounded warriors. She was the first African American female inducted into the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma. Dr. Henry has won the Department of Surgery Medical Student and Resident Teaching Award and was recently featured in the National Library of Medicine exhibit, “Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Surgeons,” where she was named as one of the thirteen most notable African American academic surgeons. In 2011 she was named the Anne Scalea Professor of Trauma Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.